Turn Back the Pages … Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District vote fails
November 5, 2008
Five years ago, a better-than-expected turnout of voters surprised election officials but also sent a no-tax-increase message to the East Grand School District and the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District. Both of the East Grand School District’s tax questions for school upgrades and sports facilities failed. The Rec District’s tax increase questions for a new recreation center also failed.
– After two consecutive years of rate increases, the Mountain Parks Electric board of directors announced that no rate increases were planned for the following year. The board also approved a refund of patronage capital, which was not offered in 2002.
– Advocates Victim Assistance Team honored Sarah Hybels and Deputy Brett Schroetlin for their ongoing efforts helping the organization. A drug detection search at Middle Park High School netted one offender for marijuana possession. And, the death toll for moose illegally shot had risen to eight, marking an increase over the previous two years.
Ten years ago, term limits would stay for all but one elected county official and the county’s proposed tax increase failed in the general election. Grand County voters defeated the county’s Referred Measure 1A by a 2-to-1 margin, which would have removed the 5.5 percent annual limit placed upon any increase in the county’s taxing and spending for one year.
– The Grand County Board of County Commissioners reviewed building department statistics through the first 10 months of 1998, noting increases in several areas. There were 28 more single-family home permits over 1997 and the real eye-opener showed the dollar valuation jumped 28 percent, up more than $15.5 million over the previous year.
Twenty-five years ago, the tally was 901 in favor of and 340 against a 2.63 mill levy increase for the East Grand School District during a special election. No teachers would be let go, no art and music programs would be dropped, athletics and activities would be around for another year, and the district’s $226,000 deficit was eliminated in one fell swoop.
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– The Hot Sulphur Springs town board adopted its 1984 budget, which included the largest capital improvement program in the history of the town. The $561,987 budget earmarked $232,000 for improvements to the town’s water system and $253,000 for replacement of the town’s bridge over the Colorado River. Money for the water system was given to the town as part of an agreement with the Municipal Subdistrict of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District because of downstream impacts from the Windy Gap water diversion project.
Fifty years ago, Grand Lake hunter “Pop” Skillan survived a night of 20-degree weather and light snowfall after he was lost overnight in the mountains. He was separated from his hunting companions and had no food, but he was able to build a small fire to keep warm.
– As a part of the Rocky Mountain Area Project for Small high Schools, West Grand High School was using a series of Encyclopedia Britannica films in teaching physics. The move was an effort to improve the instructional program in the small high school and the films featured one of the best physics teachers in the country.
– Deanna Copley celebrated her 5th birthday. Only 1,512 registered voters showed out of 2,154 at the polls in Grand County. The El Grande Theatre was showing “Ten North Frederick” with Gary Cooper. And, as the Thanksgiving holiday approached, an uneasy air hung over the turkey market.